Excuse me while I take the liberty to tell a story about a young man who has been practicing football as a defensive lineman for two years, here in Enterprise, Alabama. This young man is a straight A student, and has not missed one single practice, or summer workout in two years of Junior varsity football. Also, he has played in two games last year, on the varsity level. He will be attending the 11th grade next fall.
Obviously, you can tell this young man is not a starter, and will rarely see the football field, although he is the consumate team mate, and devoted to his efforts. He wants to be a coach one day. He absolutely loves football. It is only behind his love for his family, and his devotion to his church. To say it's a part of his life doesn't do this justice.
A couple of weeks ago, this young man had his heart broken. It seems the High School coach wants him to quit playing football, and become the team manager. No reason was given, and no explanation was offered in the letter the coach gave him. Even after telling all the parents at the football banquet, that everyone of the returning kids will play on the team. Understandably the parents of this child were in shock. How could the coach say one thing, and do another?
The Mother of this fine young man contacted the coach, via email, and asked him, if he knew how bad he had hurt her son. She told the coach that she realized her son was never going to be a starter, and she never demanded that he play, just let him be a part of the team, that he has given his heart and efforts to.
The coach emailed her back, and said he did not ever want to hear from her again.
The Mother contacted the school Principle, and the Superintendant of Education for Coffee county, and pleaded her story for her son to be on the football team, to no avail.
Through the shining grace of God, some of the players had found out about the situation, and demanded that the young man, be put back on the team, or they would not play either.
A team effort was needed last season for Auburn to win the Championships they won. A team effort was needed to put this young man back where he belonged, on the team. Too bad, the coach was too ignorant to see what he was supposed to be coaching, teamwork!
If I lived in a town where the head football coach acted like this, I would try everything I could to get his butt fired! Since I do live here, I am telling you this story, and doing my part. This type of coach needs to be unemployed!